Congratulations to Bambi Nguyen on being our Septembehar TOM! Bambi graduated from TJHSST and is currently a senior at St Bonaventure, majoring in biology with a minor in business administration. She is a kind, hardworking, multitalented tutor and we are proud that she is part of the Acakid team! She has been working with us for six years now.
We asked Bambi some questions to get to know her better as a tutor:
1.What are your strengths as a tutor?
I personalize my approach to tutoring each student, by first seeing what strengths and weaknesses each student may have and using that information to optimize my lessons.
2. How have you grown as a tutor over the years?
Over the past few years, I have become more appreciative of the different types of teaching methods one can use with different students and how to best optimize them to have an ideal learning experience. When I was shadowing teachers in a classroom, I noticed the all the different methods necessary to teach a student how to multiply, divide, and more. As an adult, I recognize how foreign this concept may be to other children just starting to learn these concepts. I try to always be aware of the fact that concepts that are easy to me may not seem the same to others. This keeps me driven to continue to become a better, more open-minded and empathetic teacher.
3. What do you work on with your students?
I often teach the SAT, AP Calc, or AP Bio, or other STEM courses. I focus on making sure my students have a good general understanding of the foundation necessary to tackle whatever they are learning.
4. What are their goals and how do you help them accomplish them?
Most of my students wish to obtain higher test scores, or understand what they are learning in class. I first make sure I understand how they will be tested, then I do a lot of practice problems with them to help them prepare.
5. When have you been extremely proud of your student?
I have always been proud of my students who are able to come back to me after a lesson with much higher test scores, and an evidently greater understanding of the concepts they initially struggled with prior to the lesson. It proves to me that I have been able to translate the concepts well for them to understand, and that they have put in their own hard work to understand them themselves in practice through their test scores.
6. What do you enjoy about working at Acakid?
I enjoy meeting many new and diverse students, and how this helps me improve as a teacher. I also enjoyed being part of courses such as the SAT course because of the direct impact I have on students’ careers and success.
7. What are your hobbies and passions outside of Acakid?
I enjoy playing piano and singing!